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Patagonia Fiona Parka - Women's Review


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  • Currently 3.0/5
Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: September 2, 2015
Price:   $299 List | Varies from $209 - $299 online
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Pros:  Stylish, tailored and well-fitting, full length 2-way zipper, wide and non-restrictive sleeve cuffs
Cons:  No hood, not as thick or warm as other parkas
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ September 2, 2015  
This chic parka is a well-tailored winter coat that showcases a woman's curves rather than hiding them under poofy baffles. The newest version of the Fiona is filled with 600 fill traceable duck down, which is lower quality than previous versions of this jacket, but an increase in environmental consciousness. It is one of the least warm winter jackets that we tested, so don't expect it to help you weather an arctic winter. It does not have a hood, so if you find this feature a necessity, check out the Arc'teryx Nuri Coat - Women's, which features higher quality down, arguably looks even more stylish, and includes a hood. For something thicker and warmer to stand up to harsher weather, we like the Canada Goose Kensington Parka and Patagonia Tres Down Parka.

Updated Version - September 2015
The Patagonia Fiona Parka now has a new silhouette. Keep reading to find out more.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The New Patagonia Fiona Parka vs. The Older Version

The New Patagonia Fiona Parka has a new silhouette, though Patagonia reports that this is the only update to the jacket. The jacket still retails for $299 and is available in Arbor Green, Black, Portofino Pink, and Smolder Blue. Check out the side-by-side comparison below, with the latest model pictured on the left and the older version shown on the right.
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While this jacket has been updated, we still believe our review will give you a good feel for the Fiona Parka, as the jacket has not seen any significant updates.

Hands-On Review

A lightweight and highly stylish winter coat, this is a feminine, everyday insulation layer that makes an excellent choice for a fashion-conscious woman living in a mild climate.

Performance Comparison

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The tailoring on the Patagonia Fiona is our favorite of all the parkas. The contoured line along the waist is flattering and makes this one of the most stylish parka choices.
Credit: Luke Lydiard


The most recent version of the Fiona has had a reduction in down quality. Where it used to have 800 fill goose down, it now features 600 fill traceable duck down. Even though duck down is commonly thought to be lower quality than goose down, this down is third-party verified, non-live plucked, and from non-force-fed birds, which is quite impressive. So while the quality may have gone down slightly, we think this jacket makes up for it in eco-friendly points.

The thinness and lightness of this piece make it less warm than thicker models that contain more down, but it is much better looking than many other lightweight down jackets that tend to look very technical.

Weather Resistance

The recycled polyester is made from recycled soda bottles and used garments to create a windproof shell material. It prevents cold air from reaching your body through the coat. A DWR coating repels a light mist of water from reaching the down. It does not withstand heavy precipitation.


Using the light method of sewn-through construction, the Fiona is a thin, tailored winter parka with a feminine look. We prefer the fit and cut of the Fiona to The North Face Metropolis or the Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat - Women's, which are both thicker and warmer, but a little too baggy in the waist. The closest competitor to the Fiona in the looks department is the Arc'teryx Nuri Coat - Women's which we prefer due to its hood, which adds a lot of warmth as well as style.


With no hood and no soft material in the pockets or along the chin, this parka aims for flattering fit rather than comfort or coziness. However, some features, such as the 2-way zipper and the roomy sleeve cuffs allow for a well-fitting, easy to wear parka with a feminine flair.


The Fiona has a simple list of features: 2 handwarmer pockets, a two-way zipper that allows for mobility, and a high collar but no hood.


The polyester fabric used on the Fiona is not the most durable material, and tends to snag. Though we have not had any issues with the durability of this jacket in every day use besides losing a feather or two.

Best Application

This parka is best suited to around town use and casual every day winter wear. It is fairly small, so is a good choice for traveling.


For $300, you could easily get a much thicker and warmer winter jacket such as the The North Face Metropolis Parka - Women's or the Patagonia Downtown Loft Jacket - Women's. However, if you want the versatility of a lightweight knee-length down parka, this one is a good $100 less than the Arc'teryx version.


If you only aim for good looks and light insulation with your winter jacket purchase, then this may be the piece for you. If you require warmth and weather protection, try some of the thicker and more weather resistant models.

Other Versions

Lightweight Fiona Parka
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  • Made from the same 600 fill down
  • Uses a much lighter shell material to reduce weight
  • Includes a hood, making it the more versatile and functional model
  • $350

McKenzie Long

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